Once the Bride and Groom Walk into the Sunset, the Honeymoon Phase Begins
Explore California wineries in Sonoma and Napa for a deliciously memorable experience.
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Roots in Delaware
Bouchaine is the oldest continuously operating winery in Carneros, a cool, breezy region near San Pablo Bay that traverses both Napa and Sonoma.
The winery’s roots run all the way to Delaware. Its proprietors are Garrett and Tatiana Copeland, who fell in love with the site more than 30 years ago and rejuvenated a once-tired winery into a boutique house celebrated for its award-winning pours.
Honeymooners who want an experience off the beaten path can dodge the crowds at large commercial tasting rooms and sample wines directly from the barrel. Visitors can pick up maps in the tasting room for self-guided tours of the vineyard, whose topography is distinguished by a striking double hill depicted on the Bouchaine label.
The property also is home to glorious gardens. The idea is to savor the bouquet of the flowers, as well as the bouquet of the wines.
“As I look out at Bouchaine’s vineyards, I am tempted to linger here, enjoying the countryside with a glass of our Estate Pinot Noir,” says Tatiana Copeland, who was deeply involved with the design and development of the gardens. “I want our visitors to experience the same, deep connection to the land and the wine at Bouchaine that I do.”
Weather permitting, visitors can tour the vineyards on safari, traversing the property in an open truck. Safaris are offered April through October. Reserve a spot at least two weeks in advance.
A unique joy of honeymooning in wine country is discovering wines that aren’t readily available at home. Newlyweds will fall in love with Bouchaine’s Bacchus Collection. Chene D’Argent—French for “silver oak”—is a 2010 Chardonnay fermented in stainless steel rather than oak barrels, resulting in crisp, citrusy notes of lime and pineapple. The 2011 Syrah from Bouchaine’s Rockin’ H Vineyard in Sonoma is lush with tones of black cherry balanced with hints of black pepper and dark chocolate.
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